In addition to humanitarian aid, development cooperation and cooperation with Eastern Europe, the SDC's expenditures include the contribution to the enlargement of the European Union, which it implements jointly with SECO.
Evolution of SDC expenditures
To reach the Parliament's target of 0.5% of ODA in proportion of Gross national income, the financial means awarded to international cooperation steadily grew till 2015.
Between 2016 and 2018, the international cooperation credits have been impacted by budgets cuts decided by the Federal Council and approved by the Parliament.
The increase in 2020 and 2021 is linked to additional funds approved by Parliament in response to the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and to support international efforts to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
SDC bilateral expenditures by region